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Award-winning filmmaker Seymour Sanchez named Director of Bacolod Film Festival

BACOLOD, PHILIPPINES — An award-winning filmmaker and longtime faculty member of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) film program has been recently appointed by the Bacolod City Government as director of its film festival, set to be held this September in select cinemas in the city.

The Bacolod Film Festival Council (BFFC), chaired by Mayor Alfredo “Albee” Benitez with Councilor Em Ang as co-chairperson, has designated Seymour Sanchez as Filmfest Director, as per Section 7 of City Ordinance 1061-2024.

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Seymour Sanchez and the Bacolod Film Festival management team with Mayor Albee Benitez

C.O. 1061-2024, also known as the Bacolod Film Festival Ordinance, is authored by Councilor Em, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee on History, Culture and Arts, with Councilors Cindy Rojas and Celia Flor as co-authors.


The Bacolod Film Festival Ordinance also provides for 10 filmmakers, whether producers, directors, or writers, who are bona fide residents of Bacolod City, to be given production grants worth PHP 300,000 each. Councilor Ang clarified that filmmakers do not need to shoot their entire films in the city.

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Seymour Sanchez signs MOA as Bacolod Film Festival director

Seymour signed the memorandum of agreement with the BFFC at the office of Councilor Ang this month. The SP, with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran as presiding officer, has confirmed the appointment of Seymour during its 96th Regular Session on the same day.

Since May 2014, he has facilitated classes in Film Directing, Film Marketing, Production Management, Cinematic Criticism and Discourse, Film Theories, Masters of the Cinematic Arts, Film and Philippine Literature, Pop Culture Studies, Film and Popular Culture, Corporate and Noncinematic Filmmaking, Documentary Filmmaking, World Cinema, Philippine Cinema, Introduction to and Appreciation of Film, Writing for New Media, World Cinema, Philippine Cinema, and Basic Video Production, to name a few.

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Seymour Sanchez appointment as Bacolod Film Festival director upheld at the 96th Regular Session of Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City

Apart from being an educator who is on his tenth year of service at DLS-CSB and 20th year overall, Seymour also served as filmfest director of the One La Salle Film Festival in 2018, under the Benilde Film Department headed by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson and CEO Jose “Direk Joey” Reyes, and head of publicity and promotions of the former Cinemanila International Film Festival from 2004 to 2007, under the late filmmaker Amable “Direk Tikoy” Aguiluz VI.

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Seymour B. Sanchez at the Benilde film department

Seymour has also worked as FDCP’s Technical Consultant for Academic Linkages or education consultant, judge and one-time jury chair of the Indie-Siyensya Science Filmmaking Competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute, mentor-judge of the SINEliksik Bulacan DocuFest, jury and selection committee member of the Manila Broadcasting Company Short Film Festival and Sinepiyu, jury of Sine Kabataan, CineMascian, Kingwagisnan Film Festival, and CineMapúa, and SELCOM member of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Cinestudyante, and Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health. He has also been a judge and speaker in other competitions, including the National Schools Press Conference, National Training of Trainers on Campus Journalism, Planting Seeds Workshops on Filmmaking, and SanayGuro Trainors’ Training.

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Seymour B. Sanchez with a group of interested Bacolod Film Festival participants

His short film Caretaker won second prize in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt, the Golden Philippine Eagle award and Best Actor for Rolando Inocencio in the third Singkuwento International Film Festival, and the Audience Choice Award in the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival. He was given the Film Ambassador Award by the FDCP for his “creativity and the global achievement of the film.” He also received the Maningning Outstanding Direction for the same film in the CineSB Film Festival: Special Edition. A shorter version of the film entitled Katiwala won the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 Freedom Mov_E Film Festival.

His first short film, Lababo (Kitchen Sink), topped the 2007 Viva-Pinoy Box Office Digitales. His other film, Pagbugtaw (Waking Up,) bagged second place in the First Pambujan Pelikula Para sa Publiko National Short Film Festival and Competition. Another film, Shorts, won third prize in the Viva-PBO Digitales 2. His documentary, Sinulog for Beginners, placed second in the 2006 Sinulog Video Documentary Competition. Another documentary, Maria Leonor, has been cited for its screenplay in the 3rd Dreamanila International Film Festival. His second full-length screenplay, Hiwaga (Mystery), co-written with Christian Lacuesta, bagged the grand prize in the 59th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

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